Shows and Movies Featuring “How I Met Your Dad’s Cast”
You can’t see the original how I Met Your Mother cast in Hulu reboot how i met your father, but you’ll *certainly* spot a ton of familiar faces all the same. The new series is packed with TV royalty, including millennial favorites like Hilary Duff, Kim Cattrall and Josh Peck. As you become more invested in the new group of 30-something buddies navigating New York love life, you might be curious as to where you recognize them from. These TV shows and movies featuring the how i met your father the actors are the perfect reminders of why they seem so familiar.
Much like the original HIMYM followed Ted Mosby’s search for his one true soul mate, the Hulu reboot centers on Sophie trying to find the man who will one day end up being the father of her child. While the premise is very familiar, the characters are not. Although there are several references to the original sitcom, none of the stars from the original series are returning for the new series. Instead, a new group of six friends hang out, joke, date and sympathize at their home bar in Pemberton.
You will certainly know some of the most emblematic shows of these HIMYF the actors have acted in the past, but some of their past shows and movies might surprise you.
1. Hilary Duff in Lizzie McGuire
Duh! In the eyes of an entire generation, Hilary Duff played one of Lizzie McGuire’s most iconic TV characters. But of course, her Disney debut isn’t all she’s known for. Duff also gave fans some very memorable films from the early 2000s like A Cinderella Story and Speak louderbefore his last leading role in the TV series Land Younger. Interestingly enough, she starred alongside two of her HIMYF costars before: She appeared with Josh Peck in the 2009 comedy-drama What goes upand also had a memorable role in Leighton Meester’s television series, Gossip Girl.
2. Christopher Lowell in Veronique March
Fans of teen shows are sure to recognize Jesse, Sophie’s goofy and nice maybe love interest, as another goofy and nice maybe love interest: Piz from Veronique March. Lowell also had a memorable spin on the Grey’s Anatomy spin off Private practice as Nurse Dell, and more recently as Bash in Netflix Shine. He has also acted in major films, including Ugly and Promising young woman.
3. Francia Raisa in LARP 2
Raisa brings the snark as Sophie’s BFF Valentina on HIMYF, and it’s not the first time she’s played best friends with a millennial icon. Raisa performed with Tyra Banks in 2018 LARP 2, a long-awaited sequel to Lindsay Lohan’s film that premiered nearly two decades earlier. Her first major role was on Freeform (then ABC Family) as a series regular on The Secret Life of an American Teenagerand she is currently playing on the network Blackish spin off, Cultivated. Outside of her acting roles, Raise is perhaps best known for donating a kidney to her friend, Selena Gomez, in 2017.
4. Suraj Sharma in Pi’s life
Jesse’s best friend Sid is all about his career as the owner of Pemberton’s, but in reality, Suraj Sharma fell into the acting world by accident. His very first acting job was the lead role in the 2012 Oscar-winning drama Pi’s lifeand he revealed to NPR that he somehow fell on the part, having gone to the audition only to support his brother. Since then, Sharma has starred in hit dramas like Country and god befriend me before landing how i met your father.
5. Tom Ainsley in The Royals
Playing the endearing naive Charlie is Tom Ainsley’s first regular role on the show. He’s not new to television, however – he had a memorable arc on E!’s soap opera royal, The Royalsas well as a guest role in the equally lofty French drama, Versailles. In fact, Ainsley’s past roles fit perfectly with Charlie’s backstory on HIMYFsince the character begins the series by breaking up with his ultra-wealthy European family to start a new life in America.
6. Tien Tran in South side
HIMYF is also the first major television role for Tien Tran, who plays the eccentric Ellen. Tran has previously made cameo appearances in animated comedy shows, including South side, space forceand Work in progress, of which she was also editor. She also recently appeared in a major horror film, appearing in the 2021 candy man continued.
7. Kim Cattrall in SATC
The adult version of Sophie’s narration how i met your father is very familiar. Cattrall may not have reprized her role as Samantha in the And just like that series following SATCbut she definitely gave fans another helping of her signature sass in HIMYF.
8. Josh Peck in Drake and Josh
Hilary Duff isn’t the only children’s TV icon who grew up in how i met your father. Nickelodeon star Josh Peck stars as Sophie’s love interest Drew in the new series. Peck is best known for making an entire generation laugh in comedies like The Amanda Show and Drake and Josh.
9. Daniel Augustine in Grey’s Anatomy
Ian may have flown to Australia when the series premiered how i met your father, but he’s a favorite to become the show’s eponymous dad, which means fans could see actor Daniel Augustin again. Augustin has already directed a few television shows, including OWN’s David makes the man and Cake: the series. One of his biggest guest roles came in 2021, when he played worried father Chris Beaton in a moving episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
10. Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl
You might have missed Leighton Meester’s cameo in the series premiere of how i met your father, but you’ll definitely recognize her when she comes back into her ex Jesse’s life as the series progresses. Of course, Meester is best known for playing the role of Blair Waldorf in the original Gossip Girl. She also had a guest role in Veronique Marcheven if it was before her HIMYF costar Lowell had joined the show as Piz.
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